United States Adoption Research

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Locating information about an adoption in your family takes time. Here are a few suggestions to help in your search:  
 
Locating information about an adoption in your family takes time. Here are a few suggestions to help in your search:  
  
#Visit with every family member and ask what they remember. They may provide valuable clues.
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#Visit with every family member and ask what they remember. They may provide valuable clues.  
 
#Visit your local library to read books about how to search for adoptions, and then ask about other resource material to help in your search.  
 
#Visit your local library to read books about how to search for adoptions, and then ask about other resource material to help in your search.  
 
#DNA testing is a new option that may help you, see [[Hiring a DNA Testing Company|Hiring a DNA Testing Company]] for further information.
 
#DNA testing is a new option that may help you, see [[Hiring a DNA Testing Company|Hiring a DNA Testing Company]] for further information.
  
 
The [[Family History Library]] in [[Salt Lake County, Utah|Salt Lake City]] does not provide a service to help adopted persons locate their birth parents. The following organizations may be able to help you.  
 
The [[Family History Library]] in [[Salt Lake County, Utah|Salt Lake City]] does not provide a service to help adopted persons locate their birth parents. The following organizations may be able to help you.  
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*'''[http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/official-announcement-of-global-adoptee-genealogy-project-gagp Global Adoptee Genealogy Project]<br>[http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/ Mixed Roots Foundation Global Headquarters]<br>795 Folsom Street, 1st Floor<br>San Francisco, CA 94107<br>800-659-6958<br>[mailto:info@mixedrootsfoundation.org info@mixedrootsfoundation.org]
  
 
*'''[http://www.almasociety.org The ALMA Society]'''<br>P. O. Box 85<br>Denville, NJ 07834
 
*'''[http://www.almasociety.org The ALMA Society]'''<br>P. O. Box 85<br>Denville, NJ 07834
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*Online resources for adoption in the United States and Canada can be found at the [http://www.library.nashville.org/research/res_ws_genealogy.asp Nashville Public Library] website.
 
*Online resources for adoption in the United States and Canada can be found at the [http://www.library.nashville.org/research/res_ws_genealogy.asp Nashville Public Library] website.
  
=== <center>Adoption Records of Each State</center> ===
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=== <center>Adoption Records of Each State</center> ===
 
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*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records#Adoption Records|Alabama]]  
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*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records#Adoption_Records|Alabama]]  
 
*[[Alaska Vital Records#Adoption|Alaska]]  
 
*[[Alaska Vital Records#Adoption|Alaska]]  
 
*[[Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Adoption|Arizona]]  
 
*[[Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Adoption|Arizona]]  
*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Adoption Records|Arkansas]]  
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*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Adoption_Records|Arkansas]]  
*[[California Vital Records#Adoption Records|California]]  
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*[[California Vital Records#Adoption_Records|California]]  
 
*[[Colorado Vital Records#Adoption|Colorado]]  
 
*[[Colorado Vital Records#Adoption|Colorado]]  
 
*[[Connecticut Vital Records#Adoption|Connecticut]]  
 
*[[Connecticut Vital Records#Adoption|Connecticut]]  
*[[Delaware Vital Records#Adoption Records|Delaware]]  
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*[[Delaware Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Delaware]]  
*[[District of Columbia Vital Records#Adoption Records|District of Columbia]]  
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*[[District of Columbia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|District of Columbia]]  
*[[Florida Vital Records#Adoption Records|Florida]]  
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*[[Florida Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Florida]]  
*[[Georgia Vital Records#Adoption Records|Georgia]]  
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*[[Georgia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Georgia]]  
*[[Hawaii Vital Records#Adoption Records|Hawaii]]  
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*[[Hawaii Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Hawaii]]  
*[[Idaho Vital Records#Adoption Records|Idaho]]  
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*[[Idaho Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Idaho]]  
*[[Illinois Vital Records#Adoption Records|Illinois]]  
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*[[Illinois Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Illinois]]  
*[[Indiana Vital Records#Adoption Records|Indiana]]  
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*[[Indiana Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Indiana]]  
*[[Iowa Vital Records#Adoption Records|Iowa]]  
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*[[Iowa Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Iowa]]  
 
*[[Kansas Vital Records#Adoption|Kansas]]
 
*[[Kansas Vital Records#Adoption|Kansas]]
  
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Adoption Records|Kentucky]]  
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Kentucky]]  
*[[Louisiana Vital Records#Adoption Records|Louisiana]]  
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*[[Louisiana Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Louisiana]]  
*[[Maine Vital Records#Adoption Records|Maine]]  
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*[[Maine Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Maine]]  
*[[Maryland Vital Records#Adoption Records|Maryland]]  
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*[[Maryland Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Maryland]]  
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records#Adoption Records|Massachusetts]]  
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Massachusetts]]  
*[[Michigan Vital Records#Adoption Records|Michigan]]  
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*[[Michigan Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Michigan]]  
*[[Minnesota Vital Records#Adoption Records|Minnesota]]  
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*[[Minnesota Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Minnesota]]  
*[[Mississippi Vital Records#Adoption Records|Mississippi]]  
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*[[Mississippi Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Mississippi]]  
*[[Missouri Vital Records#Adoption Records|Missouri]]  
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*[[Missouri Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Missouri]]  
*[[Montana Vital Records#Adoption Records|Montana]]  
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*[[Montana Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Montana]]  
*[[Nebraska Vital Records#Adoption Records|Nebraska]]  
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*[[Nebraska Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Nebraska]]  
*[[Nevada Vital Records#Adoption Records|Nevada]]  
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*[[Nevada Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Nevada]]  
*[[New Hampshire Vital Records#Adoption Records|New Hampshire]]  
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*[[New Hampshire Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New Hampshire]]  
*[[New Jersey Vital Records#Adoption Records|New Jersey]]  
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*[[New Jersey Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New Jersey]]  
*[[New Mexico Vital Records#Adoption Records|New Mexico]]  
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*[[New Mexico Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New Mexico]]  
*[[New York Vital Records#Adoption Records|New York]]  
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*[[New York Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New York]]  
*[[North Carolina Vital Records#Adoption Records|North Carolina]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[[North Carolina Vital Records#Adoption_Records|North Carolina]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
  
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*[[North Dakota Vital Records#Adoption Records|North Dakota]]  
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*[[North Dakota Vital Records#Adoption_Records|North Dakota]]  
*[[Ohio Vital Records#Adoption Records|Ohio]]  
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*[[Ohio Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Ohio]]  
*[[Oklahoma Vital Records#Adoption Records|Oklahoma]]  
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*[[Oklahoma Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Oklahoma]]  
*[[Oregon Vital Records#Adoption Records|Oregon]]  
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*[[Oregon Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Oregon]]  
*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records#Adoption Records|Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Pennsylvania]]  
*[[Rhode Island Vital Records#Adoption Records|Rhode Island]]  
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*[[Rhode Island Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Rhode Island]]  
*[[South Carolina Vital Records#Adoption Records|South Carolina]]  
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*[[South Carolina Vital Records#Adoption_Records|South Carolina]]  
*[[South Dakota Vital Records#Adoption Records|South Dakota]]  
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*[[South Dakota Vital Records#Adoption_Records|South Dakota]]  
*[[Tennessee Vital Records#Adoption Records|Tennessee]]  
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*[[Tennessee Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Tennessee]]  
*[[Texas Vital Records#Adoption Records|Texas]]  
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*[[Texas Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Texas]]  
*[[Utah Vital Records#Adoption Records|Utah]]  
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*[[Utah Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Utah]]  
*[[Vermont Vital Records#Adoption Records|Vermont]]  
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*[[Vermont Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Vermont]]  
*[[Virginia Vital Records#Adoption Records|Virginia]]  
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*[[Virginia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Virginia]]  
*[[Washington Vital Records#Adoption Records|Washington]]  
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*[[Washington Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Washington]]  
*[[West Virginia Vital Records#Adoption Records|West Virginia]]  
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*[[West Virginia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|West Virginia]]  
*[[Wisconsin Vital Records#Adoption Records|Wisconsin]]  
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*[[Wisconsin Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Wisconsin]]  
*[[Wyoming Vital Records#Adoption Records|Wyoming]]
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*[[Wyoming Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Wyoming]]
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== For Further Reading  ==
 
== For Further Reading  ==
  

Revision as of 14:28, 3 May 2012

Locating information about an adoption in your family takes time. Here are a few suggestions to help in your search:

  1. Visit with every family member and ask what they remember. They may provide valuable clues.
  2. Visit your local library to read books about how to search for adoptions, and then ask about other resource material to help in your search.
  3. DNA testing is a new option that may help you, see Hiring a DNA Testing Company for further information.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City does not provide a service to help adopted persons locate their birth parents. The following organizations may be able to help you.

The Internet has information about adoptions and finding birth parents. A good place to start is the Adoption page of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet at www.cyndislist.com/adoption.htm. This site has dozens of links to Internet sites about:

  • Adoption Research
  • Home Children (Britain and Canada)
  • Locality Specific Internet Sites
  • Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • Professional Researchers, Volunteers, and Other Research Services
  • Adoption Research Publications, Software and Supplies

Use a search engine on the Internet such as Google. Try several key words such as the term "adoption," the area where the adoption happened, and whether searching for a parent or child. This search will help identify resources and information specific to the area where the adoption took place. In your search, consider the following records, because they can contain information that can give you clues. *Local and county records such as court records and adoption proceedings *Death certificates, obituaries, cemeteries, and funeral home records *Newspapers, which may be available in historical societies or university or college libraries *Hospital records

Adoption Records of Each State

For Further Reading